Olympics and PakistanBy Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jul 30th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 17 Comments
The whole world seems to be arrested in the fever of Olympics as London sparkles with colors and muscles. Festive sporting mania begins in the England’s capital, while the world watches in awe and inspiration. Million plus people gathered for the opening ceremony breaking all previous records.
We were nowhere in true sense.
While watching the ceremony, I felt pariah-feeling all over me. May be we have a group of people bearing our flag as a symbolic gestures but so were all the nations of the world. But why is it so that the players from USA, UK, Russia, Australia, Canada, European nations and some from Africa were all over the place taking part in all the sports and many were favorites?
Why we don’t have any resounding presence in Diving,Swimming,Synchronized Swimming,Water polo, archery,Athletics,Badminton,Basketball,Boxing, Slalom, print,Cycling,Equestrian,Fencing,Football,Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Modern pentathlon, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing,Shooting, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, etc?
One of reason may be is that we don’t have much resources and our people are busy in meeting the ends. But is that really true? What kind of mega resources are needed for running and foot ball for example and there are many such sports which don’t require much resources. They require a will and may be aptitude. Is it so that we don’t have aptitude for tough and strength sport? Our love for lazy sport like Cricket is one example. Even that is dwindling.
Sports are one yardstick to know more about a nation, and sports doesn’t talk much highly of us.